Wednesday, March 18, 2015

plenty of morning sun... (am.18.mar.15)>

A totally clear sky at dawn this morning means that we're going to be enjoying brilliant sunshine in a matter of minutes.  It's been a clear and quiet night, with a low temp of 46.6F (8.1C) here at my location on Tushita Road just below the mountaineering center.  There has been no rainfall since last report.

Our weather pattern is generally a quiet one, and will remain so all the way through the weekend and into early next week.  But there are a couple of minor concerns.  One is the presence of some lingering colder air aloft today, which could contribute to a lot of cloud development over the mountains by the afternoon -- and even a couple of random showers up there.  The second concern is a weak (and looking even weaker) upper-level disturbance which will drift across northern India on Friday, increasing our cloud cover and perhaps stirring up some scattered light rain showers.  But both of those concerns are bordering on insignificant in comparison to the major storm systems we've dealt with so often the last several weeks.

Otherwise, the main thing to look forward to is a warming trend which has been consistently projected by all the computer models -- especially over the weekend.  The most robust high pressure ridge of the spring season will be building across the Indian subcontinent, allowing seasonably pleasant temps to surge northward into our neighborhood.  I'm trying to be conservative with the numbers for now -- but it sure seems like we could be nudging 70F/21C by Sunday or Monday.

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